Do I Need to Make up My Missed Obligatory Fasts or Is an Expiatory Payment a Valid Option?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalaamu-alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuhu, Due to personal circumstances I have been finding it difficult to make up my missed obligatory fasts from Ramadhan. Will expiatory payments (fidya) be a valid option for me? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, May Allah Most High grant you strength and facilitation. The […]

In Need of Asthma Medication: Is My Fast Broken?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As Salaamu Alaikum. My asthma has flared up this Ramadan. I use inhalers every 4 to 6 hours. Is my fast broken even though they are inhaled? I have a persistent cough if I don’t use them. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in […]

Making up Fasts Broken by Intercourse or Eating After Thinking the Fast Was Broken

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamu alaikum,  During Ramadan, a couple had sexual intercourse several times on several days while fasting.  They also missed several Ramadan fast intentionally without a valid reason.  Also a few times they thought that their fasting was broken due to bleeding and thus started eating.  The couple realizes that […]

Making up Obligatory Fasts and Prayers

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: There was a period of my life when I was casual about my prayers and my fasts, and sometimes would even break my fasts. The fasts that I need to make up are so much that I have never kept track, nor do I see it as a possibility […]

Making Up Missed Fasts and Illness

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: If a woman has to make up many days of fasting due to illness or due to the known natural physical circumstances of a woman, and if a great number of days to make up have accumulated in the course of various years because making up was hard […]

Using Asthma Medication: Is My Fast Invalidated?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: I take asthma medication twice a day (morning & evening). Will taking this invalidate my fast? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. May Allah grant us all health and well-being. The entrance of anything with a perceptible body into the body cavity through a recognized entrance, such […]

Pregnancy & Making Up Fasts: Does She Really Have To?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: There was a recent post stating that women who are pregnant must make up their fast. This differs greatly from something that I’d read in another book. I am confused and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Answer: assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah The position of the four schools, based on […]

Eating After Dawn & Breaking The Fast For An Invitation

Answered by Sidi `Abd al-Rahim Reasat Question: Is expiation or just a make-up required for breaking the fast (intentionally) in the following circumstances: (a) rising (unintentionally) after Fajr time has arrived, and then taking suhur out of physical necessity, or (b) breaking the fast for a meal in which would be highly offensive not to […]

When Is Expiation Required For A Fast?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question: A sister was not encouraged to fast when she was young. Does she have to make expiation for these missed fasts in addition to making them up? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, She will only have to make up (qada) for the fasts […]

Is Expiation (kaffara) Necessary For Not Fasting in Ramadan?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question: A Muslim, ignorant of his deen, and ignorant of the importance of fasting in Ramadhan did not fast, or make niyyah to fast at all in the month for many years. Then he returned to Islam, and made tawbah for his sins and he calculated he had missed […]